Peter Ho Davies
Adult Fiction DAVIES
Summary: Set in the stunning landscape of North Wales just after D-Day, Peter Ho Davies's profoundly moving first novel traces the intersection of disparate lives in wartime. When a POW camp is established near her village, seventeen-year-old barmaid Esther Evans finds herself strangely drawn to the camp and its forlorn captives. She is exploring the camp boundary when the astonishing occurs: Karsten, a young German corporal, calls out to her from behind the fence. From that moment on, the two foster a secret relationship that will ultimately put them both at risk. Meanwhile, another foreigner, the German-Jewish interrogator Rotherham, travels to Wales to investigate Britain's most notorious Nazi prisoner, Rudolf Hess. In this richly drawn and thought-provoking work, all will come to question where they belong and where their loyalties lie.
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Daughter of a nationalistic, anti-English shepherd; daydreams about eloping to England with an English soldier; works at the local pub; raped by her boyfriend; village is turned into a place to hold German prisoners; falls in love with Karsten.
Angry at himself for making his men surrender; determined to escape; seeks redemption; falls in love with Esther.